Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/23/16
Postol vs. Crawford
Boxing: Saturday, July 23, 2016 (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
The Line Crawford -600 / Postol +450 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: HBO PPV
Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol fight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the WBC World super lightweight title.
Terence Crawford enters this fight with a 28-0 record that includes 20 knockouts. This will be Crawford’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a February win over Henry Lundy. Crawford continues to prove he’s one of the top boxers in America and will defend his super lightweight title for the third time. Crawford is simply as well rounded of a boxer as you’re going to find at 28 years old, as his IQ is through the roof and allows him to make key adjustments throughout the fight. Crawford is able to switch up his style throughout the fight and always keeps his opponent on his toes. Crawford also has legit knockout power for a smaller boxer with four of his last five fights ending in knockout. This will be Crawford’s sixth fight in Las Vegas.
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Viktor Postol enters this fight with a 28-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Postol’s third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a October win over Lucas Martin Matthysse. Postol is coming off the biggest win of his career and is defending his WBC light welterweight title for the first time. Postol doesn’t have great punching power, but he’s a big fighter at 5’11” and has a reach of nearly 74 inches. Postol is able to take advantage of his length with an impressive jab and is a very smart defensive boxer as well. Postol rarely puts himself in danger and will have the advantage if this fight goes in the later rounds. And while power isn’t part of his game, Postol is the only person to knockout Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin. This will be Postol’s first fight in Las Vegas.
This is going to be a fun fight with it being the biggest test for both guys and the fact we have undefeated records and belts on the line. Must see boxing event. But when it comes down to it, you have to give the edge to Crawford. Both boxers are very smart and will likely spend a lot of time feeling each other out. However, Crawford has the massive advantage in power and that’s the deciding factor I like to side with, as it only takes one punch to change everything.
Give me Crawford in a thrilling finish.